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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Sept. 3)

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Football
- The UK football team began the season with a 32-14 loss on the road to in-state foe Louisville on Sunday.
- UK moved the ball well offensively, totaling 373 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith-led Kentucky's offensive attack by completing 35-of-50 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Senior La'Rod King led the team in receiving with a career-best eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns, while tight end Tyler Robinson caught the other touchdown pass.
- Senior tailback CoShik Williams also had a solid outing, posting more all-purpose yards than any other player in the game with 168 yards. Williams also led UK in rushing with 10 rushes for 62 yards.
- Kentucky was 7-of-13 on third downs for the game, which was its best performance since going 9-of-15 versus Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010. UK's 24 first downs were the most since 26 at Tennessee on Nov. 27, 2010.

Volleyball

- The 10th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team endured its toughest stretch of matches to date with hostile road environments at Louisville and Ohio, as well as taking on No. 17 Oregon. UK responded with a 2-2 week which included an impressive victory over Ohio.
- Junior Whitney Billings shined in all phases of the game with team-leading stats in kills, hitting percentage and aces. She was also a contributor on the defensive side of things earning impressive performances at the net as well as the back line defensive effort. She had a career-high .545 hitting percentage on a flawless performance from the floor in a win against Western Carolina.
- Things do not get any easier for the Blue and White as UK ventures to the Ameritas Players Challenge on the campus of No. 1 Nebraska this week.

Women's soccer
- The Kentucky soccer team hosted the Tropical Smoothie Invitational, coming away with a 2-0-0 weekend tallying wins over UNC Greensboro and Southeast Missouri.
- Senior Natalie Horner tallied a goal in both games, netting the fourth and fifth goals of her career. The Upper Arlington, Ohio native played the full 90 minutes in both games. Horner's goal on Sunday was a game-winner for the Wildcats in a 1-0 win.
- The Wildcats back line kept a clean sheet for the second and third time in four matches, and continue to stand alone in the Southeastern Conference as the only team to not allow the opposition to score on them all season.
- Natalie Horner, Arin Gilliland and Olivia Jester were named to the Tropical Smoothie Invitational All-Tournament team.

Men's soccer
- The men's soccer team has continued a stout schedule to open the 2012 season, as the Wildcats traveled to the talent-laden Gamecock Classic over the weekend, suffering a pair of one-goal losses to No. 25 Northwestern and defending Big East Champion, No. 15 St. John's.
- The Wildcats have scored a total of five goals in their first three games, including a pair of goals from Matt Lodge and Tyler Riggs. Charley Pettys has also notched a goal, while freshman Norwegian Kristoffer Tollefsen leads the club with two assists.
- In goal, UK freshman Callum Irving made the start in the season lidlifter with junior Jack Van Arsdale starting the two games at the Gamecock Classic.

Cross country
- The men's and women's cross country teams both finished second at the Belmont Opener, the men finishing with 74 points while the women finished one point off the lead with 34 points.
- Senior Luis Orta led the men's team, finishing first overall for a second consecutive year at the event. Orta finished the 5K event in 15:16.70 and has now won the first event of the season three consecutive years. Matt Hillenbrand finished sixth for the men, crossing the finish line in 15:37.30.
- Cally Macumber finished the women's 4K event in second, just two seconds off the lead while Chelsea Oswald finished just behind her in third. Allison Peare and Hiruni Wijayaratne also earned top-10 finishes for the women.

Upcoming schedule

Thursday, Sept. 6
Volleyball vs. Duquesne - 5:30 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)

Friday, Sept. 7
Men's soccer hosts Saint Joseph's - 7:00 p.m.
Women's soccer at Louisville - 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Oklahoma - 8:00 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
Men's tennis at Southern Intercollegiate (Athens, Ga.)

Saturday, Sept. 8
Football hosts Kent State - 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball at Nebraska - 8:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Southern Intercollegiate (Athens, Ga.)

Sunday, Sept. 9

Women's soccer vs. Samford - Noon (Louisville, Ky.)
Men's soccer hosts Charlotte - 2:30 p.m.
Men's tennis at Southern Intercollegiate (Athens, Ga.)

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